DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” // JUNE 2- JULY 2 @ ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE: PEORIA
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic with this classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.
WESTGATE WEDNESDAYS // JUNE 7-JULY 26 (6-7:30pm) @FOUNTAIN
Every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Fountain Park hosts free photos and meet-and-greets with popular movie characters, games and prizes, live music and more. Bring your swimsuit to cool off in the splash pad. Free and open to the public.
CITY LIGHTS MOVIE NIGHTS // JUNE 9-AUGUST 11 (7pm) @ CITYSCAPE PHOENIX
At 7 p.m. the second Friday of each month, the outdoor theater in Patriots Park hosts a family-friendly movie — “Frozen” (June 9), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (July 14) and “Moana” (August 11) — plus themed prize giveaways and contests. Free.
ARIZONA AUTHORS SUMMERTIME STORYTELLING & CRAFTS // JUNE 3 to JUNE 24 @ PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM
The museum (4619 E. Washington Street) hosts Arizona authors and fun, hands-on children’s storytelling and crafts every Saturday in June from 10 a.m. to noon. Each program is $5 per child and includes a light snack and museum admission.
51st ANNUAL SUMMER BAND CONCERT SERIES // (THURSDAYS- 8pm) @ MURPHY PARK-GLENDALE
51st Annual Summer Band Concert Series – Murphy Park. By the community band of 100 musicians with its renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes, bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free!
DOWNTOWN CHANDLER ART WALK // EVERY 3rd FRIDAY (June 16, 6pm-10pm) @ HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN CHANDLER
The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
‘THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME’ // ASU GAMMAGE- JUNE 20-25
A sort-of mystery based on the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, it’s one of the most electrifying stage plays of the past decade, thanks in part to inventive visuals that take the audience inside the mind of its protagonist, a teenage boy with unique mental gifts — and challenges. $25 and up.
FREE SWIM DAY // @AQUA TOTS SURPRISE & PEORIA (8-11am) THURSDAY, JUNE 22
The Surprise and Peoria Aqua-Tots swim schools are offering free safety awareness lessons and open swims. The indoor swim schools accept all ages and the day will include swim instructors, firetrucks and visits with Peoria firefighters and light refreshments.
MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SPRING 2017: WES RINGEL, SCOTT DUNLAP AND AZ DUELING PIANOS // JUNE 23 (DOORS OPEN 5:30pm) @ DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS
Music in the Garden Spring 2017: Wes Ringel, Scott Dunlap and AZ Dueling Pianos – Desert Botanical Garden. Featuring Rock, Top 40 from the ‘50s to today. Advance purchase recommended. $25-30, Additional dinner is also available. Doors open at 5:30 pm, concert at 7:30 pm. Must be age 21+.
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK // JUNE 23-7pm @ GOODYEAR BALLPARK
Watch the family friendly movie, “Ghostbusters” on the outfield at Goodyear Ballpark. Bring blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. Gates open 30 minutes prior to show time.
JOHN HUGHES SUMMER MOVIE SERIES // June 28- July 26 (7-9pm) @ GRADUATE TEMPE
The hotel hosts a movie series Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets ($10) include popcorn, candy and a beer. Selections from ASU alum John Hughes’ catalog include “16 Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and more.
TEMPE MARKETPLACE CONCERTS // FRIDAY & SATURDAY EVENINGS THROUGH JULY (7-10pm)
Great live music will entice shoppers throughout the summer at the Tempe Marketplace’s free concert series. Talented musicians will take to the stage on both Friday and Saturday nights on the District Stage throughout June and July. In addition to the regular free performances, Tempe Marketplace will periodically host the Rock It Up concert series features a beer garden sponsored by Bud Light and Four Peaks Brewing. The next Rock it Up concert is Dreamers on June 23.
FRIDA KAHLO AND DIEGO RIVERA // VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES TILL AUGUST 20 @ HEARD MUSEUM
Talk about a power couple. Married Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are widely regarded as two of the most significant artists of the 20th century. And now their artwork is enjoying a world tour, with just one North American stop: the Heard Museum. See “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” through August 20. It includes 33 artworks, plus more than 50 photographs — some taken by Kahlo’s own father. The show also includes clothing and jewelry that reflects Kahlo’s own iconic style, from the region where she lived.
ARIZONA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOWCASE // VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES THROUGH NOVEMBER 1 @ SHEMER ART CENTER AND MUSEUM
This exhibition features seven contemporary works of sculptural art that transcend the traditional indoor gallery space in favor of the outdoor environment. Selected artists include Jeff Downing, David Knorr, Shelby Larson, Matthew Mosher, Hector Ortega, Charles Sleichter and Joan Waters.
CAPED CRUSADERS & EVERYDAY HEROES // VARIOUS DATES & TIMES @ I.D.E.A. MUSEUM
“Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes” takes you on a hero’s journey through works by more than 15 national and international artists. You’ll discover famous comic book, TV/movie, cultural and mythological heroes and heroines from around the world, as well as learn about men and women who became community heroes because of their work or actions. As you experience the world of heroes and uncover facts about how they came to be, you’ll find inspiration to invent your own legendary champion. Several hands-on activities – such as experiencing a super power (via green screen), developing your own legendary superhero comic strip, and creating superhero costumes – help nurture creative thinking and provide plenty of fun. Artworks featured include paintings, digital photography, sculptures and mixed media.
MUNCH BRUNCH WITH GRANDPARENTS // EVERY MONDAY (9-10:am) @ TOYS AND PLAYTIME OASIS, SCOTTSDALE
On Monday mornings, Toys & Playtime Oasis in Scottsdale invites all grandparents to come in and play with their grandkids and make some happy memories together. Complimentary sweets and coffee will be served from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and are included in the price of admission. Socks must be worn.
SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK // EVERY THURSDAY (7pm-9pm) @ SCOTTSDALE ART DISTRICT
Many area galleries will be offering extended evening hours on Thursdays, so head out along Main Street and Marshall Way to see what Scottsdale’s arts scene has to offer.
VINTAGE INDOOR SWAP MEET & FARMERS MARKET // EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY (7am – 1pm) @ ARIZONA EVENT CENTER, MESA
Sun City’s known for the fabulous castoffs of people who owned midcentury delights when they were brand-new. Scads more of our senior friends inhabit the far East Valley. When their belongings migrate into town, guess where they land first? Mesa. The city’s older parts feature stellar Mexican food, cheap commercial rents, teenagers, and other things Del Webb never dreamed of.
TRIBE LOOP // EVERY THURSDAY (7 pm) @ TRIBE MULTISPORT STORE E INDIAN SCHOOL RD, SCOTTSDALE
The East Valley sports and recreation store hosts two weekly group bike rides for cyclists of all skill levels: one at sunrise and one at sunset. The Thursday night ride covers the Tribe Loop, a 10-mile circular of roadways, including some smaller hills for a dynamic experience. Bikers tend to do two to three loops apiece, depending on ability and stamina.
CHASE FIELD STADIUM TOURS // VARIOUS DATES & TIMES @ CHASE FIELD
Visit one of the most impressive and unique Major League Baseball facilities in the country — Chase Field. It is home to the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, several restaurants, a beer garden — even a retractable roof and swimming pool — all within an old-style ballpark atmosphere. Make the experience memorable and take a guided tour of Chase Field. Even if you’ve been to the ballpark before, you’re sure to learn and see something new!
SUMMER CONCERTS // EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH JULY 2 (7:30-9pm) @ MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK
People usually start arriving at about 6 p.m. to find a spot on the grass for their blanket or folding chairs, though the concerts don’t start until 7:30 p.m. A concession stand is set up at one of the ramadas, selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, popcorn, frozen fruit bars, canned soda, bottled water and tea. Rides are also open throughout the concert including the trains and Charros Carousel. All rides are $2 for those 3 years and up. And free for younger.